Course Coordinator:Kelly Hine (firstname.lastname@example.org) School:School of Law and Society
UniSC Sunshine Coast
|Blended learning||Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.|
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In this course you will undertake an in-depth analysis of some of the major theoretical perspectives and debates that have influenced the contemporary direction of crime and justice-related research, policy and practice. This course exposes you to the social constructions of crime and criminality across local and international contexts and builds your skills for solving complex problems. You will research, analyse, evaluate and communicate key issues related to specific problems using media sources, government reviews and global scientific research to build these key graduate skills.
|Learning materials – Online learning materials for 13 weeks (or equivalent).||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus workshop - 2 hours in weeks 1-12.||2hrs||Week 1||12 times|
Contemporary issues in Criminology
400 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Demonstrate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge related to a specific topic related to Criminology and Justice||Knowledgeable|
|2||Demonstrate advanced skills in locating, evaluating and synthesising information from a variety of academic and non-academic sources||Creative and critical thinker|
|3||Communicate a clear and coherent exposition of knowledge and ideas to contribute to the discipline||Engaged|
|4||Demonstrate autonomy, well-developed judgement, adaptability and responsibility for own learning and practice||Empowered|
Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Enrolled in Program AR409
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Feedback will be provided using formative activities during workshops to prepare you for each assessment task.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Refer to Format||In Class|
|Week 4||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3a||Artefact - Creative||Individual||30%||
|Week 7||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|Refer to Format||In Class|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Activity Participation and Feedback|
The goal of this task is to encourage you to develop autonomy, judgement, adaptability and responsibility for your own learning and practice
Every student is expected to attend and participate actively in class discussions across at least 9 of the classes following week 1. This will include providing formal feedback to seminar presenters.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Essay|
The goal of this task is to research, summarise and critique a topical issue that considers current and future directions within Criminology and Justice practice
A 2500-word individual written essay, excluding references. The specific topic will be covered in class during Week 1. You will have the opportunity to gain formative feedback to prepare for this task by participating in class discussion and other class activities.
|All - Assessment Task 3a:Recorded Multi-Media Presentation|
The goal of this task is to develop your skills in presenting information to diverse audiences on a specific contemporary issue in crime and criminal justice
|Product:||Artefact - Creative|
You are to record a 10-minute multi-media presentation for the class on a specific topic as the introduction to your seminar (assessment 3b). Your topic will be negotiated with the course coordinator across Weeks 1 to 3 of semester. The presentation should state the key issues, debates and messages relating to the topic to introduce your peers to the topic and to stimulate discussion of the topic.
|All - Assessment Task 3b:Seminar Presentation and Facilitation|
To lead and facilitate a seminar and critical debates on a specific contemporary issue in crime and criminal justice
50 minute in-class seminar presentation and group facilitation on a specific contemporary issue. Guidelines will be provided on Canvas early in the course. This is an interactive and engaging presentation. You are responsible for leading and moderating participant discussion. You are to prepare at least three discussion questions for students to consider in preparation for your seminar and to stimulate class discussion. Audio and/or visual aids may be used in addition to the resource created (assessment 3a) for the seminar.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation. It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline. This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.
Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person. You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.
In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin. This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.
Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying: The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4% The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct
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